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2013-02-11

PATTERNS INTO WORRYING ILLUSTRATIONS BY EDWARD GOREY

American writer and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was a artist known for his disturbing picture books, with Victorian or Edwardian ambiences pervaded by a macabre or threatening mood. Author of more than 100 books, Gorey is subject of a cult among fans: he began his career in the early '60s, reaching top of popularity in 1977 when he designed costumes for a Broadway theater production of Dracula. The surrealism of some of his work has earned him some respect from critics of art, and has inspired many artists (i think about certain characters and places by Tim Burton, for example).
Gorey's illustrations are a triumph of signs, patterns, graphics, almost always in black and white ink.